Many of you know we are lucky enough to live across from local celebrity chef and herbalist Rita Heikenfeld. She gives me lots of inspiration in the kitchen. Today I was perusing her blog (Abouteating.com) and came across a holiday treat I had to try: 5-Minute Peppermint Bark.
See her blog for the actual recipe. Here's a photo journey of my experience making it...
I stopped at Jungle Jim's on my way home from work to pick up white chocolate and candy canes.
I broke the chocolate into chunks and put it on the stovetop on very low heat.
When it was melty and smooth, I took it off the heat.
Then I added peppermint extract, which smells SO strong!
To crush my candy canes, I put them in a big zip lock bag.
The meat tenderizer has so many uses...
This is what my broken up pieces looked like.
I added a little of the candy cane pieces to the chocolate, along with this rice cereal.
Finally, I spread the mixture on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
And the cookie sheet went into the fridge to set up.
It smelled fabulous in my kitchen while I was making this: a mix of the bright peppermint flavor with the sweetness of the chocolate. It didn't take long for my supervisors to show up underfoot, starring longingly up at the counter!
I can't wait for the bark to set up so I can break it into chunks and give it a try! This will make a nice gift as well, in pretty baggies - that is, if any makes it past my family...
Thanks for the inspiration and the recipe, Rita!